Profiles: Americans at UNESCO
Americans at UNESCO
UNESCO is not just programs: it’s people too. And as with any effective organization, good people are the absolute key to success.
We are proud that U.S. citizens are doing their share at UNESCO. Starting with this feature on “Americans Working at UNESCO”, we hope to highlight the work these highly motivated Americans are doing to help UNESCO help the world.
Peter Laufer, Co-Director of the UNESCO Institute for Intercultural Dialogue and Conflict-Sensitive Reporting (IIDCSR) at the University of Oregon
From World Press Freedom Day to the development of model curricula for journalists, Laufer has been working with UNESCO to advance freedom of expression worldwide. IIDCSR will allow him to expand these efforts and examine how journalism can contribute to intercultural dialogue.
Nigel Cameron's work focuses on technology policy and innovation issues, in particular the alignment of technology with human values.
Phyllis Magrab works to promote the goals of Education For All, with a focus on Afghanistan and its unique challenges.
Ramya Vivekanandan, Programme Specialist in the Section of Education and HIV & AIDS in UNESCO's Education Sector
Ramya Vivekanandan works on educating youth to help empower them in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
As former head of the UNESCO office in Baghdad and the Director of UNESCO's Communication and Information Sector in Iraq, George Papagiannis facilitated spearheading UNESCO's efforts to help Iraqis build the future they want for their country.
Sarah Gaines is an American earth scientist who found her fit at UNESCO. From teaming up with colleagues in Nairobi and Cairo to helping support the world network of biosphere reserves from UNESCO headquarters in Paris, Gaines is using her passion for science towards aiding development in an increasingly globalized world.
The officer in charge of UNESCO’s water and environment activities in Iraq gives a peek into his fascinating day-to-day work on the ground in the war-torn country.
The U.S. Mission interviewed Karalyn Monteil, Desk Officer for Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean in the Section of Museums and Cultural Objects of UNESCO’s Culture Sector
Host Melissa Block talks with Frank Proschan, program specialist for the Intangible Cultural Heritage Section of UNESCO, about items being added to this year's list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding.
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